Chicago Bulls 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Chicago Bulls 2016 Preview
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After missing the playoffs in the first season under coach Fred Hoiberg, the Chicago Bulls completely revamped their roster and are heading a new direction. There’s a lot of opinions about the Chicago and the upcoming season.
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Here is the Chicago Bulls 2016 NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: Where do you start? You could put together an NBA team with all the players the Bulls lost. We’re talking about Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Mike Dunleavy, Aaron Brooks, Joakim Noah and E'Twaun Moore. Despite injury issues, Noah and Rose have been the faces of the Bulls for years and are still highly effective when healthy. Gasol was the Bulls top rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. Brooks is a very underrated bench guy and Moore is coming off his best year yet in which he shot 48.1 percent from the field.
Key Player Additions: The Bulls added a bunch of sexy names in Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez. Wade still has something left in the tank at 34 years old and is made for big moments, as he shot 47 percent from the field and averaged 21.4 points in last years playoffs. Rondo did lead the league last year in assists despite playing on a bad Kings team, and Lopez is always a threat to get a double-double any given night. Lesser names include young point guards Jerian Grant, who has a very promising future, and Isaiah Canaan, who was a double-digit scorer back-to-back seasons with the lousy 76ers.
Draft: Denzel Valentine was one of my favorite players in college and is a downright gamer. He shoots a high percentage from the field, passes well and just has a good feel for the game. Valentine is also made for big moments and usually comes through when needed most. Great pickup and he could turn into a borderline all star player. Paul Zipser is an athletic wing player with good size and could see a nice role coming off the bench, especially if Doug McDermott or Tony Snell struggle.
Outlook: It’s easy to fall in love with the names of Wade, Rondo and Jimmy Butler. There’s some nice star power going on and an experienced core. However, where’s the spacing? There’s absolutely no three-point shooting with this starting five, as all these guys are mid-range shooters or work in the paint. Forget the fact you have to have outside shooting to survive in this league, the Bulls project to be one of the easier teams in the league to guard. I’m actually pretty low on the Bulls this season and don't think the recent additions make them a playoff team.